Viktor Orbán 0, Shakespeare 1

Mr Fido, who compensates for a distinct lack of charm with cunning a-plenty, has an important piece in the Frankfurter Allgemeine. Called "Are you against peace?", the customary response of Communist officialdom during the Soviet era and of EU officialdom now to awkward questions, he says that we should be worrying rather less about the […]

One more liberal cosmopolitan for Brexit

I agree with Jeremy and TSE that the problem's not going to go away either way. But, apart from the anti-democratic nature of the project, I'm voting out because, while the EU has lowered costs and raised revenues for the Guardian-reading, property-owning classes (I'm particularly thinking of free movement of people in the form of […] 3 comments, inc trebots: http://www2.politicalbetting.com/index.php/archives/2016/06/22/tissue-price-on-why-he-thinks-that-br

Saxon revolt?

Many old-style hardware shops in London have a reputation for poor customer service (an example). I wonder if they have struggled because the DIY-ers had no idea what they were looking for, and because the Slav professionals who have replaced them since 2004 have no idea what it is called. But they are usually fine […]

Requiesdog

Knightly tombs in churches with, resting at their feet, dogs that vary in aspect from lamb to lion: Briton Rivière shows the foreplay, but is the dog then bestonèd by sorrow (cf. the widowed Hindoo's fiery fate), or is it simply (or even lysergically) sacrificed?

My gods, my emperor, my town, my business

Key historical dates from an early 19th century Austrian almanac.

Chairman Javi’s Catalan, not Galician

Bleeding obvious innit. 2 comments, inc trebots: Anthem for father-in-laws everywhere, probably. Shave yer 'ed, and give up drinking.

Das Scroll und Scream Kitschin' Kabinett des Dr Kalebeul

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  • Brer Rabid: "pseudo-historic revisionism, ... pack of lies and bullshit, ... Catalanophobe resentment of Spanish nationalism (past and present) apologist"
  • Don Colin: "gnomic"
  • The Pox: "Franco's Little Helper"
  • La Vanguardia wonders whether Kalebeul is a CIA operation
  • Mark Liberman: "a treat"
  • Significant other: "What was that hairy weirdo on about? What blog?"

Shorts

Funding the hole in Spain’s pension pot left by Rajoy’s economic miracle

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Maybe it's me, but my impression is that the quality of official EU translation has deteriorated quite sharply in the past few years. But I think we all know, in article 60 of the IORPs Directive, which the Commission is trying to smuggle past nation...

Benidorm: moderately poor translation as a selling point redux

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I remember being rather disappointed when, aged 6, one of my first friends in England, the son of refugees from the new Islamism in South Asia, now the old Islamism in Tower Hamlets and Luton and Blackburn, explained to me that there were indeed stre...

Barcelona, on this day

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